Young's Double Chocolate Stout | Wells & Young's Ltd

5,766 Ratings
Young's Double Chocolate StoutYoung's Double Chocolate Stout

Brewed by:
Wells & Young's Ltd
England, United Kingdom

Style: Milk / Sweet Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of darklordlager
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

16.9 oz nitro-can

Pours a dark brown/black with a Guinness-esque head made up of thousands of tiny bubbles, characteristic of Nitro cans.

Smell is of acidic roasted malts, dark chocolate, espresso. Dry acidic smell underlying it. The chocolate comes out from hiding as it warms.

Taste is of acidic roasted malts, dark chocolate, and espresso. Decent depth, but nothing mind-blowing. I feel like the nitro is dulling the flavours.

Mouthfeel is a little drier than expected. I was expecting something pretty heavy a la Milk Stout, however the creamy-ness from the nitro makes it slip along smoothly.

D- Very drinkable, not thoroughly enjoyable though. I was expecting a little more "umph" in the flavour department--whether that's due to the nitro, or just the beer I am unsure.

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Photo of NYCWheatFanSC
2.33/5  rDev -42%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I was really let down by this brew - and I didn't even have any, let alone high, expectations going in. Poured well with a solid, yet quickly receding head. Smells like burnt nesquick. Tastes like chemical chocolate powder in water. WAY to thin of a body for the style. Overall, it seems like they went for some chocolate powder flavoring instead of properly malting a beer of this style. Would not return to again, especially at $6 for a bottle - I could have had 3 Victory Storm Kings for that!

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Photo of tofulegend
3.33/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearence - brownish creamy head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Deep brown color.
smell - a lot of chocolate and dark malts. I also think im picking up some hints of mint.
taste - again, a lot of chocolate and roasted malt. more sweetness than body. aftertaste is slightly bitter but overall a bit short on hops in my opinion. Chocolate feels a bit artificial.
mouthfeel - really could use a bit more body. if it wasn't for the roasted flavors I would say that it feels more like a dark lager than a stout.
drinkability - the sweetness of this beer would probably put me off after a few ones.

Overall - Nice brew but I could really use some more body here. Also, more chocolate malt and less chocolate flavoring would be nice. IMO Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout is a way better chocolate stout.

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Photo of Cresant
3.54/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This came from a 14.9 oz. nitro can into a Guinness tulip. Dated 07 Mar 09. The pour created a creamy upwardly cascading head of fine foam. The huge tan head receded but a solid cap remained throughout. The body was clear of sediment and very dark brown.

Smell was roasted grains and chocolate.

Taste was chocolate but not too sweet. Light milk chocolate, not bittersweet. Lightly of caramel. Not complex but very tasty. Not overdone, very drinkable.

Mouthfeel was creamy but somewhat thin. I will return to this one.

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Photo of thefarstrider
3.92/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Night sky over a Yorkshire Christmas Eve
Smell - Sharp and sweet, no barn smell
Taste - Old tobacco pipe of Dark Cavendish
Mouthfeel (such a pretentious word) - Silky and creamy, but not overly so
Drinkability - Too novel for common consumption, but worth saving for special occasions

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Photo of rootbeerman
4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from can into pint glass.

A: Pours very dark brown almost black, similar in appearance to Guinness. Finger thick light brown creamy, long lasting head. gives a nice beer mustache
S: sweet malts, along with heavy chocolate sweetness.
T: sweet malt up front. chocolate bitterness in the back
M: thick like whole milk, mild carbonation
D: easy dessert beer, worth picking up a four pack or two

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very deep black, leaves a one inch thick tan head that sticks around as a thin layer throughout the sample. Lots of lacing.

The smell is terrific, milk chocolate, caramel, malts and light coffee. Very enticing.

The taste is even better. Truly terrific stuff. The chocolate doesn't dominate this beer; it enhances it, works with the other subtle flavours to produce a satisfying finish. Shaved dark chocolate, a bit of caramel, coffee and malts. Sweet, but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, carbonation is a little more than I'd expected, but I tend to like slightly higher carbonated stouts anyway, so this was a big plus. No chalkiness to speak of. Not overly dry.

Just a terrific beer, one I will get again and again. Although I was worried that the beer would simply taste like chocolate, I was most happily corrected! A real winner (the only drawback being that I doubt I could drink this brew for too often at a time)

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Photo of Vinny71
4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Jet black with a beautiful tan light cocoa head that fades to about one finger. I was expecting a denser and thicker head for this style.

S- Chocolate and mocha with roasted malts.

T- Absolutely supreme! Sweet chocolate then a hint of of coffee ending in a bitter sweet finish

M- Wonderful. Creamy and satisfying.

D- My favorite stout. Very rich but not too heavy. One or two of these is plenty, even as good as it is because of the richness.

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Photo of DwnTwnBwn
4.27/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oldie but goodie.

A- Pours a dark black liquid with a hint of brown hue. Little Brown Bubbly head dissipates fast, some lacing.

S- Lots of Coco. Nice roasted coffee aroma then some roasted barley. The chocolate aroma is very dry and complements very well.

T- First its a traditional stout with the right amount of roasted character with plenty of roasted barley. The chocolate is a sweet flavor like Hershey's syrup. Like a piece of chocolate decadence cake. Then a dry coco finish. Lots of sweet malt in the backbone

M- This is a full bodied beer by feel not by weight. Good amount of carbonation. Nice chocolate finish.

O- This is a good standby chocolate beer. Wonderful for a chocolate craving.

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Photo of natelocc787
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured darkest of brown, like one shade from black. There is a lot of chocolate in the nose. It's a very milky, cocoa chocolate. The taste is supreme, nice chewy mouthfeel with little bubbles. Very silky texture. Fudge in the taste with cocoa nibs, Swiss mocha and Hershey's milk chocolate. Very drinkable as a beer but the sweetness and overall character make this a 1 bottle at a time type brew. Not the kind of beer you would want to drink 2 or 3 of, still very drinkable for the style though.

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Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A brilliant coffee cascade and the brew carbonates. The chocolaty head caps a nice black brew and sticks to the top of the beer 'til the end. The aromas are really quite absent, which is surprising given the representation of flavors. The bitter chocolate notes are married well with coffee, toasted nuts, and mild malts. The coffee aftertaste is very pleasant. This offering is a nice comforting winter choice that is not too heavy for the style and is overall a very good beer.

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Photo of Mosley1212
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One of my favorites, wanted to buy one so I could review it.

A - Pours a jet black, very opaque, with a small, tan head that goes away quickly.

S - Smells delicious. Very rich with a dark chocolate smell. Can also get a bit of malted hops smell underneath it.

T - The chocolate explodes in your mouth with each sip. After the sweetness of the chocolate dies down, the bitterness of the dark chocolate kicks in and stays with you.

M - Produces a very warm feeling in the mouth, it is one of the best tastes around.

D - A bit too sweet for me to have many. I love this beer, but only in small quantities.

If you haven't tried it, try it!

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bobsy for sending me one bottle of this. I was dying to taste this one. Finally!

A: Dark black with some red notes on the edge. The head is creamy with some big bubbles. The head is beige.
S: The smell is very intense dark chocolate with light notes of roasted malts.
T: Dark chocolate first, then I get the dark chocolate bitterness. So nice. The taste stays in the mouth for a long time... I like it. I don't get very much any hops or roasted malts.
M: The beer is creamy feeling in the mouth with the presence of some carbonation... Less carbonation would make this one perfect!
D: I could drink this all night! So good.


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Photo of Onenote81
3.36/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into my mug. Pours a dark black with a big frothy tan head on top. Great retention. Leaves some nice sticky webbing on the glass. Smells of cream, vanilla, milk chocolate, and roasted malts.

The mouth is thin and wet. I expected this to be a bit thicker. Carbonation level is moderate. Flavors of chocolate milk, vanilla, white bread, and a bit of nutty finish. This is pretty good and unoffensive. Not a bad beer to help convert some to darker brews. Chocolate not as predominate as I thought. I'd have it again, but it's not as great as I assumed.

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Photo of curasowa
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer is a great looking pour. Dark, dark brown in color with 1 finger of creamy head that hangs around all day. Smells very sweet and creamy, like a milkshake, with subtle hints of roasted malt and malted milk balls. The taste is initially sweet and creamy before fading into a slightly bitter, roasted finish that is slightly lingering. Body and balance are good, although the sweetness boarders on excessive and hurts the drinkability a bit. Other than than minor complaint, this is a very tasty beer.

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Photo of taxguyjase
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got two versions of the beer - the bomber that was carbonated and the can which contained the nitrous pill.

The color of the brew was a nice pitch black dark color, with a toasted tan creamy head that sticks around for the party that will be coming to your mouth. You could definitely smell the chocolate, but not doublely so. There were some good roasted coffee notes too. Upon getting around to actually taste the beer, the coffee flavor was far more pronounced than the chocolate was, which is fine, just a bit odd when it's a "double chocolate" stout. You'll get some toffee flavor in there as well. The beer was very smooth with little aftertaste. The nitrous version was far more smooth and also less filling (the joy of nitrous), so you feel like you could polish off the four pack of cans in one sitting. Either way, this isn't a heavy beer - don't expect to feel like you just drank a loaf of bread. I would surely get this beer again. Just a note, I found this at Kelly's for $10 a 4 pack of nitrous cans, but found the same 4 pack at Sunflower Market on San Mateo & Academy for only $8.50. No reason to pay $1.50 more for the same beer if you can avoid it.

Appearace - 4.5/5.0 - Nice, pitch black, dark color; toasted tan colored head with good retention
Smell - 4.0/5.0 - Roasted coffee, dark chocolate, not overly strong, but enough to get a nice aroma going
Taste - 4.0/5.0 - Roasted coffee, toffee, subtle chocolate (odd for a double chocolate stout). Smooth, but with a sharper taste at the end.
Feel - 4.0/5.0 - Smooth, little aftertaste, not a heavy beer, mid body for a dark beer
Drinkability - 4.0/5.0 - Indeed, if I'm in the mood for a chocolate stout, would definitely think about this one again - I preferred the nitrous cans over the bomber.

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Photo of craftaholic
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Had on tap in a pint; pours a thick jet black hue with a creamy finger length tan head; leaves a moderate amount of lacing down the glass.

Smell: The aroma is the liquid equivalency of a chocolate tootsie pop. Its not over powering but that chocolately and roasted malt scent encompasses the entire nose.

Taste: There are plenty of sweet roasted malts and touches of semi-sweet chocolate. The temperature really affects this one because as time went on this one got better and not in the sense that my palate became numb but rather it was served too cold.

Mouthfeel: Quite light for a stout, isn't as thick and chewy/creamy as I would have liked.

Drinkability: While it is quite tasty I wouldn't session because I feel I would grow weary of the non complex nature of this brew. Definitely will drink again just not in large quantities more of with/as dessert.

Overall: Got the indian shooting the star on this one, liquid tootsie pop that tastes quite good but don't over indulge because the flavor will weigh on you unless you have a severe sweet tooth when it comes to beer.

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Photo of TommyW
3.61/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Black body with a rocky, tan head that sticks somewhat to the glass.

S- Not a lot here, just a little cocoa powder.

T- Chocolate with chocolate and roasted malts, then the flavor thins out a little and ends with the cocoa powder that was present in the nose.

M- Medium/full body with a nice carbonation.

D- Not a bad chocolate flavored stout, is really nice with some pretzels; makes a sort-of chocolate covered pretzel.

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Photo of argock
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16.9oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Best by 08/21/10 date on neck. Purchased at Harris Teeter (Charlottesville, VA) for $2.99.

A: Very dark brown with 1-2 finger oatmeal-colored head with good retention and a few spots of lace.

S: Dark malts and dark chocolate aromas with light herbal hops

T: Dense chocolate flavor with medium bitterness and mild acrid finish. Hops are more lively than the aroma suggests.

M: Somewhat thin for the style. It misses on the creaminess of the best of the style. Carbonation is low. Aftertaste is more bitter and chocolatey.

D: A good sweet stout with heavy chocolate which unfortunately loses some of the creaminess with the chocolate addition. A good but not great brew.

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Photo of madtrixter787
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pured nitro-can into tulip glass (don't know why, it was just clean)

Appearance: Much like Guinness, you get to watch the beer turn from foam to a dark stout. Nice foamy head that stays around throughout the drink.

Smell: You get a hint of the sweet chocolaty taste, but it is not too overwhelming.

Taste: Nice strong chocolaty taste with a tad of a bitter aftertaste. Overall a very good balance of the chocolate and stout.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and what can come across as a watery feel, but it's not that bad.

Drinkability: I would say this has a high drinkability especially for the novice beer drinker because of the sweet chocolate taste, it can be very easy for them to branch out from piss water light.

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Photo of JWolf
3.84/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from nitro can into pint glass.

This was my first chocolate stout.

A = Dark, almost black, with a thick, creamy tan head. Head started out on the thin side, but as the drink settled, the head thickened up and rose to about 1/2 inch. Reduced to 1/4 inch midway through the drink. Lacing isn't really lacing. It's more like a wall of foam on the side of the glass.

Of note: Watching this drink settle was as enjoyable as drinking it. It was mesmerizing watching a dark tan cascade of fine bubbles run down the insides of the glass like a waterfall. Simply beautiful, much like watching a Guinness Stout settle.

S = Sweet, chocolatey, bready. Expected more/stronger, but very pleasant.

T = When it first hits your mouth, it's smooth and sweet with strong creamy chocolate flavor. Also a little reminiscent of pumpernickel. Followed by a bitter chocolate aftertaste, almost like baking chocolate powder, with roasted coffee overtones. The only knock here is that it was a little thin. I expected a thicker, heartier beer.

M = Is it possible to be creamy and watery at the same time? More like milk when I was expecting milkshake. As mentioned under Taste, I expected this beer to be heartier, more chewy... in short, more stout.

D = Overall, a very tasty beer that I am enjoying very much as I write this. I would definitely come back to this one on occasion. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.47/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

16.9 oz bottle.

Appearance: Opaque, no highlights. Two inches of light brown head with nice retention. The thickest of lacing. This looks perfect.

Smell: Roasted sweet malts and dark chocolate. A slight whiff of sourness-- I often get this from English stouts. I expected more here.

Taste: Roasty and bitter chocolate. Bitter, powdery chocolate. Like Bakers chocolate almost. Briefly sweet in the middle, then a long bitter chocolate finish.

Mouthfeel: Actually feels big for its size (its only 5.2%. Creamy and quite nice.

Drinkability: This stuff is OK. At almost $5 a bottle, its not a great value. I expected a sweeter chocolatey stout. Its very English.

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Photo of RiverDog
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Very very dark. No visibility through when held directly up to light. Almost like pouring a thinner motor oil. Poured a finger or finger and a half caramel colored head that slowly but surely softened to leave a thin caramel film for the duration of the drink. Leaves a beautiful lace on the opposite side of the drinking edge.

S- Awesome, bold smell. Smells like a rich chocolate coffee. Slight roasted hint.

T- Instant chocolate. Roasted burnt taste on the back of the palette. Leaves a great roasted aftertaste. Very subtle hint of hops.

M- Sharp on the palette leading to...

D- Drinks just as smooth as it pours. I enjoy my stouts warm which i personally feel attributes to the smoothness of the drink.

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Photo of Mavajo
3.07/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a nitro can into a pint glass.

The pour is a dark motor oil black with a brown white head. Head is only about a finger thick, but it retains almost completely for the duration. Lacing is tremendous. Really a beautiful looking beer. Unfortunately that's where my praise ends.

Nose is fairly faint. Coffee and chocolate. Taste is the same. Mediocre. And the mouthfeel is even worse. Flat, watery and just generally nasty. It tastes like old, bland watered down coffee. Medium bodied and next to no carbonation.

Completely unimpressed. This is one of my favorite beers when it's from the bottle, but the nitro can serving just completely ruins it.

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Photo of bmoney
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

.5 L bottle poured nearly pitch black. Tan foamy head that settles quickly and leaves scattered lacing. Smell is mostly of chocolate and a little burnt coffee. Taste is similar, the chocolate dominates but still some bitter roasted notes in there. Very carbonated, this intensifies the bitterness. Medium bodied and still smooth. Goes down quick but does not really quench thirst. Overall a good quality stout,but nothing too interesting or anything to write home about.

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Young's Double Chocolate Stout from Wells & Young's Ltd
4.02 out of 5 based on 5,766 ratings.
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